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Swansea City
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Date: 31/10/2017 7:45 pm    Venue: The New Lawn

Rovers progress despite Swansea defeat


Jordan Stevens evades a challenge

Swansea City U21s claimed top spot in Southern group E courtesy of a 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn.

Second half goals from Adam King and Kenji Gorre were the difference in a disappointing defeat for Rovers at The New Lawn.

Mark Cooper, whose side had already qualified for the next stage of the competition, made six changes to the side that beat Morecambe,with Manny Monthe returning from injury to join Omar Bugiel, Will Randall, Mark Roberts, Toni Gomes and Luke James, who were all handed starts.

The game’s first action came after six minutes as Brad Collins was forced to make a save, denying King from range.

Collins was called into action again five minutes later as he produced a save from close range to deny Gorre’s header.

Central defender Alex Iacovitti was forced from the game early, replaced by Jordan Stevens whose late strike gave Rovers all three points against Cheltenham Town in the same tournament.

In the 22nd minute, good play down the right saw Drissa Traore move the ball sideways across the edge of the box before Toni Gomes saw his shot saved well by Gregor Zabret low to his left.

Stevens was next to try his luck for FGR as he burst through the midfield, only to see his effort flash wide.

Just two minutes before the break, the home side almost found themselves a goal down. Courtney Baker-Richardson was played through and after rounding Collins, he fired wide of the target to keep the scores level.

Gomes came the closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts after 54 minutes as he cut inside and fired an effort inches wide.

Gomes was again amongst the action after 64 minutes. This time, he tried to wriggle through the Swansea defence but he couldn’t get his shot away.

Gomes continued to cause problems for Swansea and shortly before the 70 minute mark, he headed wide from a Will Randall set piece.

However, with 15 minutes to play, it was Swansea who took the lead. Gorre beat his man down the left before squaring to King to tap home from three yards out.

And they doubled their advantage less than four minutes later as Gorre claimed the final touch in a goal mouth scramble following Tyler Reid’s cross.

Report: Noah Dougherty

Image: Shane Healey/Pro Sports Images

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Date 31/10/2017 7:45 pm
Competition League Trophy
Home/Away Home
Full Time Result 0 - 2
Half Time Score 0 - 0
Man of the Match Jordan Stevens
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